Cocktails

Modern Classics: White Negroni

By Jonathan Laurel October 19, 2018 Cocktails

The White Negroni found its way onto our flight of Modern Classics because it’s beautiful and because it so perfectly translates the profile of its ancestor, the famous Negroni. British bartender Wayne Collins created this cocktail for Plymouth Gin in 2001 at an expo in France when, allegedly, neither Campari nor sweet vermouth were available. Each of the elements of the original Negroni are repeated in this cocktail, but to a more floral, lighter note. Read More

Modern Classics

By Jonathan Laurel October 18, 2018 Cocktails

While we do embrace the traditional style of Golden Age cocktails, the craft cocktail renaissance of the last fifteen years has contributed many memorable drinks. These modern-day “classics” are every bit as enjoyable as those cocktails we dig out too the dusty, dog-eared books behind the bar. For Volume #3, we’ve featured (from left to right): the White Negroni, with London dry gin, Salers gentian liqueur, and cocci americano; the Paper Plane, with… Read More

Paloma

By Jonathan Laurel September 14, 2018 Cocktails

We turned to the much-mythified Paloma to feature at West Main for the weekend of Mexican Independence Day, along with our Mexican spirits flight (tequila, mescal, sotol). We, like many, believed the vague but popular myth that the Paloma was an old school Mexican cocktail that had found its way onto the menu of the occasional modern cocktail bar, and, per usual, we were curious to find out its history. It was only then that… Read More

Seminar: “The Story of Absinthe”

By Jonathan Laurel September 4, 2018 Behind the Scenes Cocktails Events

Nothing encapsulates the “authenticity, lost” quality of Golden Age bar culture quite like Absinthe. Between 1840 and its eventual ban in Europe in the early 1900s, the much-mythologized “Green Fairy” soared to the height of drinking culture. Every day Parisians (and the French and Swiss, in general) conducted a daily routine that included two solid hours for absinthe every day, between 5p and 7p—the earliest version of… Read More

I Heart Absinthe: Absinthe Frappé

By Jonathan Laurel August 17, 2018 Cocktails

The original Absinthe Frappé is the creation of one Cayetano Ferrer, a Catalan bartender immigrant to New Orleans. Ferrer presumably brought his native land’s love of absinthe—Spain never banned the spirit—to New Orleans and tended bar at the French Opera House before setting up shop at the Absinthe Room. The Absinthe Room was previously owned by a family of fellow Spaniards and left in the care of the Aleix brothers who turned the building into… Read More